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Visual Dispatches from the Vietnam War


August 3, 2013 - November 11, 2013

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This exhibition presents 35 iconic photographs that brought the Vietnam War to the dinner table of every American household. Photographers Horst Faas, Henri Huet, Eddie Adams, Larry Burrows and Don McCullin provided the definitive visual record for one the most important events in 20th century American history. They laid bare the horrors of combat with directness never before seen, causing many to question the morality of war. That these images influenced public opinion of the Vietnam War and hastened its end is a testament to the visual power and authority of the medium and the courage and artistry of their makers, many of whom died on the battlefield.

Guests are invited to use a public response area adjacent to the exhibition to share their reflections on the images. There, Vietnam veterans may share personal photographs of their combat experiences in a special installation. Digital scans of the photos up to 8 1/2 x 11 inches and descriptions of up to 100 words will be accepted by e-mail to, or guests can bring copies with them when they visit. Please, no originals, photo albums or framed photographs. You may submit personal photographs through the duration of the exhibition.

Larry Burrows, "Farley Shouts..." Yankee Papa 13, March 31, 1965, 1965 (printed later), gelatin silver print, 20 x16 in. Larry Burrows, LIFE © Time Inc, courtesy Larry Burrows Collection.

Larry Burrows, Ammunition Airlift, Operation Pegasus, April 1968, 1968 (printed later), dye-transfer print, 20 1/2 x 29 3/4 in. Larry Burrows, LIFE © Time Inc, courtesy Larry Burrows Collection.

Don McCullin, Shell-Shocked Marine, Hue Vietnam, 1968 (printed later), gelatin silver print, 24 x 20 in. © Don McCullin, courtesy of Hamiltons Gallery, London.

Exhibition Support

The Currier’s presentation of Visual Dispatches from the Vietnam War is sponsored by People’s United Bank, The Duprey Companies, Nike and David Speltz, and Macy’s.


To learn more about the artists and period represented in this exhibition visit the library resource guide